Search Results: "Solomon Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

ANNA & SOLOMON by Elaine Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"An American story that is at once personal, timeless and universal. Lovely and uplifting. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young man immigrates to America at the turn of the 20th century and works and saves so his wife can join him. Read full book review >

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SOLOMON SNEEZES by Marilyn Singer
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

"Throughout the book, he cleverly shows only the sneezes' aftermaths, saving a complete tableau of a sneeze in action for the very end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the Growing Tree series, a story of sneezing: "Solomon Snorkel has such a big sneeze, he can blow all the leaves off the sycamore trees." Read full book review >

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THE LAST CONFESSION by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Behind the eschatological rumblings is a routine police procedure with a single effective scene, a step-by-step autopsy. Otherwise, the results are more plodding than proficient—and a decided letdown from the early promise Jones (Ride or Die, 2004, etc.) displayed."
An execution is delayed when a new killing spree begins. Read full book review >

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RIDE OR DIE by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2004

"Much zip and zing, dodging and darting: a plainly exciting story despite the melo in the drama. But the larger social context—the grab for allegory—catches only smoke."
Not quite as predictable as it sounds—in spite of Shakespeare and West Side Story—and in spite of the soap-operatic start: Jones's (The Bridge, 2003, etc.) tale of what looks like doomed love has enough everyday North Philadelphia grit to keep readers intent on the doings. Read full book review >

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PIPE DREAM by Solomon Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2001

"Despite occasional descents into melodrama, Pipe Dream is the work of a talented newcomer passionate about his material. An impressive debut—and a writer to watch."
A staff writer for Philadelphia Weekly debuts with a searing tale of betrayals, self-betrayals, wasted lives—and addiction. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD MAN'S WIFE by Solomon Jones
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"As fast and furious as Coletti's earlier cases (The Gravedigger's Ball, 2011, etc.), though Channing's blood-soaked pursuit of Mentasil is less interesting than the effects of the drug itself, and Coletti's detective and rescue work are less interesting still."
A hot, new drug whose developer has run unauthorized clinical trials provokes another round of anguish, soul-searching and corpses for Philadelphia homicide detective Mike Coletti. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVEDIGGER'S BALL by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An ineffective mating of police procedural, surreal horror and historical melodrama swaddled in lumpen prose from a seasoned author (The Last Confession, 2010, etc.) having a bad day."
A Philadelphia crime spree featuring Edgar Allan Poe. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"As passionately unsparing as before in its portrayal of a subculture in despair, but Jones's second ultimately disappoints, undercut by soap-opera plotting and a curiously lifeless cast."
After his stunning debut with Pipe Dream (2000)—a harrowing novel about the inner city's lost souls—Jones tries hard again but falls short. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLOMON SPRING by Michelle Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Black (An Uncommon Enemy, not reviewed) serves up a Western in which a beautiful, anachronistic heroine rises above American sexism, imperialism, capitalism, and racism, all so that she and her true love can be together."
Once upon a time in the West, Eden Murdoch and Brad Randall met and fell in love. Read full book review >

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JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2011

"A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Charlie is catapulted into adulthood when Jasper Jones knocks on his window on a blisteringly hot Australian night and leads him to a hidden glade where a girl is hanging from a tree, bruised and bloody. Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Skippyjon Jones insists he's not a Siamese cat despite ears too big for his head and a head too big for his body. Read full book review >